new-leadership-alliance_2011Summer Research-Early Identification Program

Talented undergraduates from around the nation are invited to apply for the Washington University in St. Louis Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) through the Leadership Alliance at  (Deadline February 1st).  The experience will introduce participants to the important elements of graduate study which include management of a mentor-mentee relationship, graduate level research and independence. Participants will engage in a research project under the mentorship of faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.  For their participation, students will receive round-trip travel, free room and board, plus a stipend.  Prior research experience is not required however; students who have had previous research experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Dates
:  May 30 – August 5, 2017

Mission and Program Description

  • Washington University in St. Louis is a partner in the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP).   The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of over 30 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching college and universities.  The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.
  • This program offers undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD or MD-PhD the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at participating Alliance institutions.  The SR-EIP is principally designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities including students who identify as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives) and US Pacific Islanders, to consider research careers in the academic, public, or private sectors.


  • Undergraduates work for ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution.
  • Through this one-on-one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation.
  • Students receive assistance with navigating the graduate application process.
  • Students present a written report and/or abstract at the end of their summer research activity and complete a program evaluation.
  • All participants are expected to participate in the Leadership Alliance’s annual, national symposium and to make an oral or poster presentation of their research.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better and:
  • Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.
  • Demonstrate interest and potential to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD-PhD.
    (Note: The SR-EIP is NOT designed for students pursuing professional training for careers in the practice of law, business administration, clinical medicine, clinical psychology or the allied health professions.)
  • Be a documented US citizen or non-citizen national or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or other legal document of such status. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 visa are not eligible for the SR-EIP. Individuals seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible.
  • Attend full-time an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Be available for 10 weeks of research and to present an oral or poster presentation at Washington University and the national conference.

Time Commitment

This opportunity has a duration of one summer.

Application Process

  • Application for the Program is through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) online application. Application submission and other details can be found at the following website: Complete the application  online:
  • We recommend that you complete all of the components of your application as early as possible to ensure all materials are received prior to the deadline. Notification of admission decision for the Leadership Alliance Program at Washington University in St. Louis will begin March 15, however, for life sciences applicants may be notified earlier.
  • Deadline for submission of application: February 1.

Room, Board & Stipends

Students in the Program will live in undergraduate research-affiliated housing. The program will provide all research and course-related expenses, room and board, travel to and from the program and a stipend of $3,500. Students are required to participate for the full period of the Program.

Contact Information

Inquiries about the SR-EIP program are welcome, and they may be directed to:
Interim Director for STEM Diversity Initiatives
Office Phone:  314-935-5137
Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.